In an unprecedented move, Ryan Murphy held off on announcing the theme to season 6 of American Horror Story until the premiere… And now we know why!
Because after watching Wednesday night's season premiere of the horror anthology, we were left frightened, intrigued, and mostly confused!
The episode started with the ominous warning "Inspired by true events," setting up the season's dual timelines with two sets of actors — one with sit down interviews for a true crime style documentary, and the other in the not-so-distant past retelling what happened.
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The season centers around a friendly couple — yoga teacher Shelby and pharmaceutical salesman Matt — who move to Roanoke, North Carolina.
Lily Rabe plays the "real" Shelby in the sit down interview, while Sarah Paulson plays her in the reenacted timeline. André Holland plays present-day Matt, while Cuba Gooding Jr. portrays him the flashback.
Will this storytelling device pay off — perhaps giving us two unreliable narrators — or is Ryan Murphy just paying homage to paranormal reenactment shows? We don't have the answer yet, but we do know the title of this season is